Continuing Education


Iowa law requires members of every licensed or regulated health profession to obtain continuing education in order to renew the authorization to practice their profession.  (Iowa Code Chapter 272C)  Consequently, the Iowa Dental Board requires all licensed dentists, dental hygienists, and registered dental assistants to obtain continuing education. While the Board approves sponsors and courses, the Board does not offer any courses. You will need to contact the course sponsor for information on course registration, meeting times and locations, obtaining proof of attendance, and the number of hours awarded.

To find continuing education courses, you can ask to be placed on the mailing list for your professional association or ask to be on the mailing list for your local community college or dental college. A list of sponsors is also available here.

You can find all applications and forms associated with continuing education in the Applications and Forms section of the website under the section titled "Continuing Education Applications and Forms."


Continuing Education Hours Required

Dentists and Dental Hygienists: 30 Hours required every 2 years

Required as part of 30 hours:

CPR Required for renewal – can claim up to 3 hours for completing course. To be eligible, CPR certification courses must be from nationally-recognized sponsor, and include a "hands-on", clinical component. A CPR course may include an online component provided there is an in-person portion prior to the certification being issued.
Infection Control Must complete a minimum of 1 hour every 2 years in the area of infection control standards as required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Iowa Jurisprudence Must complete a minimum of 1 hour every 2 years in the area of Iowa jurisprudence.
Abuse Identification and Reporting Training Within 6 months of employment and every 5 years thereafter – credit can be claimed for completing courses with the current reporting period.
Sedation

6 hours for persons with a deep sedation/general anesthesia or moderate (conscious) sedation permit.
Please note: this CE requirement does not apply to local anesthesia permit holders.

Dental Assistants: 20 Hours required every 2 years

Required as part of 20 hours:

CPR Required for renewal – can claim up to 3 hours for completing course. To be eligible, CPR certification courses must be from nationally-recognized sponsor, and include a "hands-on", clinical component. A CPR course may include an online component provided there is an in-person portion prior to the certification being issued.
Infection Control Must complete a minimum of 1 hour every 2 years in the area of infection control standards as required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Iowa Jurisprudence Must complete a minimum of 1 hour every 2 years in the area of Iowa jurisprudence.
Abuse Identification and Reporting Training Within 6 months of employment and every 5 years thereafter – credit can be claimed for completing courses.
Dental Radiology 2 hours for dental assistants with an added qualification in dental radiography.

Extensions and Exemptions

Illness and disability
In cases of illness or disability, licensees and registrants can apply for an extension or exemption of the continuing education requirements. Written application must be made on forms approved by the Board. A licensed physician must also sign the form. The Board may require the applicant to make up a certain portion or all of the minimum education requirements.

Other extensions and exemptions
The Board also issues individual extensions or exemptions in the following cases:

  • The current biennium renewal period, or portion thereof, following original issuance of a license or registration (first renewal in Iowa);
  • Periods that a person serves honorably on active duty in military services;
  • Periods that a person practices the person’s profession in another state having a continuing education requirement, and the licensee or registrant meets all of the requirements of that state;
  • Periods that a person is a government employee working in the person’s licensed or registered specialty and assigned to duty outside the United States; and
  • Other periods of active practice and absence from the state approved by the Board

Inactive Status
Another way to renew your license and registration without obtaining continuing education is to place your license or registration on inactive status. Under inactive status, no continuing education is required, however, you must pay the renewal fee and submit an application for renewal. While on inactive status, you cannot practice dentistry, dental hygiene, or dental assisting in Iowa until your license or registration is reactivated. Reactivation requires submitting an application and fee. You must also submit proof of having completed continuing education as required by rule. Contact the Board office for additional information about inactive status.

Renewal

Persons who qualify for the above exemptions or extensions can mark the appropriate spot on the form for renewal. In addition, if you qualify for a continuing education exemption or extension, you must still submit a timely application for renewal and pay the required renewal fee.  You must still obtain training in identification and reporting of dependent adult and/or child abuse and submit proof of current certification in CPR (unless issued an exemption from CPR in cases of disability).


Reporting Continuing Education

Continuing education is reported at the time of license or registration renewal. Approximately 60 days before your license or registration expires, you will be sent an email to your email address of record, notifying you about renewal. As part of the renewal, you must document the number of continuing education hours earned, and the dates that you took mandatory abuse training, unless you qualify for an exemption or extension. In addition, you must provide the expiration date of your current CPR certification.  A copy of your CPR card must be provided to the Board upon request.

It is important that you maintain a file of all continuing education courses attended. Board rules require that you maintain proof of attendance for four (4) years after the year of attendance. The Board routinely audits renewals and can ask you to show proof of all hours claimed for renewal. If your renewal is selected for audit, you must provide copies of certificates showing the continuing education activity attended and the number of hours awarded. Failure to document enough continuing education hours could result in possible disciplinary action of your license or registration. If you lose copies of your proof of attendance forms, you should contact the course sponsor(s) for duplicate copies.

Printed from the website on January 22, 2018 at 8:02am.